Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Championship-causing trades -

Trades are one of the main ingredients in constructing a NBA championship team.

For example, if the Detroit Pistons had not traded for Ben Wallace in the summer of 2000, they might not have captured a title in 2004. Wallace's tough defensive presence was a major reason that the Pistons were able to overpower the Lakers in the finals.

And if it the Boston Celtics had failed to land both All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in trades, they probably wouldn't have won the championship last year and instead would have remained one of the league's worst teams.

Here is a list of the top 15 trades in NBA history that have resulted in teams winning a championship.

Bulls got #8 and #2. Maybe we can swing this BG-for-Bosh deal and add another to the list.

Studs of the draft from 2005-2008

Derrick Rose – Chicago Bulls – Drafted 1st overall by the Bulls in 2008.
Even though it's only been a season it's easy to see why the Bulls made Rose the top pick last June. He helped lead this team back to the playoffs while winning Rookie of the Year honors, and he did all of this while making his teammates better. Just imagine how good he'll be next year.

Recent mock draft at HoopsWorld
... so glad no one there has the Bulls taking Hansburough.

MJ talks about LeBron and the Knicks

But Michael Jordan, the ultimate Knick killer, threw a wrinkle in the die-hards' wishful thinking Friday afternoon, essentially saying don't hold your breath - or think James can make the Knicks instant contenders.

"He's made his mark in Cleveland. I know New York fans would love to have him, but you need a lot more components than just one player," Jordan said after playing in a celebrity golf tournament at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, L.I., leading up to next week's U.S. Open there. "He's done a heck of a job in Cleveland and they deserve to have him there. He's from that area.

"In terms of the game itself, small markets can benefit from it a lot more than the big markets can. That's not a discredit to New York at all."

Jordan, of course, still went out of his way to tweak Knicks fans.

"You're asking me to talk about the Knicks and I own the Bobcats," he said. "I want to beat you guys every day."

Jordan finished with a 16-over-par 86 to take second in the four-player tournament. It will air June 21 at noon and lead into the final round of the Open on NBC.

... Plus that gives you something other than "Whale Wars" to watch this summer. In addition to that post, here's some more TV:

"Expedition Africa" - 4 people try to re-create an old explorer's path through Africa. Does anyone know what happened to "KINGS" on NBC?! Re-watchable re-runs in my DVR rotation: The Office, Blue Planet, Rob & Big, Arrested Development.

And while we're here, everyone should catch up on LOST in the next 6 months so that you're ready for the final season. Trust me. I'm also currently in the middle of season 2 of "The Wire" and it's one of the better shows I've seen in a long time. (Probably just behind LOST and WHALE WARS).

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